Gang member convicted of murdering 3-week-old baby

The Associated Press | August 31, 2013

LOS ANGELES — A gang member has become the seventh man convicted in the shooting death of a 3-week-old baby while he slept in his stroller near a Los Angeles park.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/18cFlea) that a jury convicted 40-year-old Juvenal Cardenas Mejia on Friday of first-degree murder and other offenses including attempted murder, conspiracy and extortion.

Mejia is set to be sentenced Sept. 26.

He faces life in prison without parole.

Authorities say Mejia is the last of seven gang members convicted in the 2007 shooting death of Luis Angel Garcia. Authorities say the group was targeting a street vendor who had refused to pay “rent” to the gang near MacArthur Park and shot the baby.

Mejia was arrested in Mexico and extradited to the U.S.

Source article: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/31/5697225/gang-member-convicted-of-murdering.html

Photo credit:  LA County DA / EscapingJustice.com

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